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'''Otto Karl Seeck''' (2 February 1850 – 29 June 1921) was a Germany|German
classical historian who is perhaps best known for his work on the decline of the ancient world. He was born in Riga
He first began studying chemistry at the University of Dorpat
but transferred to the University of Berlin
to study classical history under Theodor Mommsen
. Seeck earned his doctorate from the University of Berlin in 1872 after writing his thesis on the ''Notitia Dignitatum'',
a document enumerating the roles and responsibilities of administrative officials of the later Roman empire
c. 400 AD.
He habilitated under Mommsen in Berlin
in 1877 and,
with the help of Mommsen, secured a post at the University of Greifswald
in 1881, where he taught Roman History and...